Academic excellence. Nurturing environment. Authentic faith.


David Lacey
POSITION: President

David Lacey has been a board member since 2011 and is currently serving as Board President.  He and his wife, Deborah, have been active in the life of HCA, volunteering in a variety of areas, including technology, basketball, and just about any small need that arises.  David likes to spend as much time as possible being involved in the activities of their two children, Elizabeth and Catherine.

Jay Erickson
POSITION: Vice President

Jay has served on the Heritage Christian Academy school board since 2008. He currently serves in the role as the Vice President. Jay is also a President of the Heritage Christian Foundation Board (FOCEF). He is passionate about Christian education and is committed to helping the school fulfill its vision and mission.

Jay graduated with a double major in History and Political Science from UCLA in 1995. After graduation, Jay worked for United States Senator Hank Brown in Washington, DC. He has spent the last twenty years working in learning and development/corporate training. He currently works for Hitachi Data Systems as a manager in corporate training.

Jay and his wife Ria have two children who attend(ed) Heritage Christian Academy, Alex (HCA 2017) and Grace (current student). Both started at Heritage as kindergartners.

Ted Simmons
POSITION: Treasurer

Ted and his wife, Jamie, have been actively involved with Heritage since 2000.  They have three sons, Caleb (HCA 2012), Stephen (HCA 2015), and Daniel (current student). Along with being on the HCA board since 2007, he has served on the Heritage Christian Foundation board from the beginning.  He believes strongly that the distinctive Christian worldview of HCA is the critical foundation upon which all true education rests.  He loves this school and is committed to striving to help make the experience here one that will last a lifetime and impact our world for Christ.

Jason Siemers
POSITION: Secretary

Jason Siemers has been serving on the HCA Board since 2011. He has been married to his wife Jacky for over 15 years, and he has two children at HCA, Kahlina and Harper. Jason graduated from Heritage Christian School in 1998, before earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 2003. Jason and his family attend Faith Evangelical Free Church, where they all volunteer together in numerous ways. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to vol- unteer in various ways at HCA. He has previously served as an Assistant Coach and as a Head Coach for the Junior High Boys soccer team. Currently, Jason is the Head Coach for the High School Boys Soccer team, and an Assistant Coach for the Junior High Track team.

Robert Weant

Robert Weant graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Business Administration. He has 25 years experience as a business owner/manager, Systems Engineer and QA Test Engineer. He enjoys spending time as an amateur extra radio operator and hobby electronics builder. Robert married Gaylyn Riley in 1984 and they have three children, Katie, Michael, and Emily.



Arlene Samuelson

Arlene Samuelson moved to Fort Collins 21 years ago with her husband Dr. Scott Samuelson. Arlene has a degree in Interior Design from the University of Kansas. Their four children have all attended Heritage since Kindergarten. Their son Jay is a 2017 graduate, Josh and Jeremy are in High School, and Natalie is in Junior High. Arlene’s days are kept full with interior design consulting, volunteer work, and of course managing a home of 6… all in the Lord’s strength. Heritage is more than a school to Arlene; it is family. She is dedicated to the vision and mission of the school and is honored to serve the school as a board member since 2015.

Jill Black

Jill was born and raised in Estes Park, then earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Colorado. She and her husband Jeff have three girls at Heritage, Kelsey (kindergarten), Kylar (2nd) and Keira (4th). She keeps busy with her girls, is active in her church and works part time for a local architecture firm. Jill is looking forward to her second year on the school board.